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New Study Links Green Buildings to Higher Cognitive Function
Posted by: Kalyani.rc // Passive House / Sustainability Enthusiast
Can better thinking and better health be found in green-certified buildings? New research says yes. Both indoors and out, the built environment plays a critical role in our overall health and well-being. This is especially true as about 90% of our time is spent indoors, and buildings have the ability to positively and negatively influence human health.
Now, a new study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and SUNY Upstate Medical University has found a link between green buildings and improved cognitive function.
Conducted in the fall and winter of 2015-2016 with funding from United Technologies and presented in the fall of 2016, The Impact of Working in a Green Certified Building on Cognitive Function and Health study, found that occupants of green-certified, high-performing buildings saw 26% higher cognitive function scores, slept better and reported fewer health symptoms compared to those in similarly high-performing buildings that were not green-certified.
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